Scores

Final

Tulane 24

(2-4, 0-2 American)

Tulsa 52

(4-3, 2-2 American)

7:00 PM ET, October 16, 2010

Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, OK

1 2 3 4 T
TULN 7 0 10 724
TLSA 7 17 14 1452

Top Performers

Passing: R. Griffin (TULN) - 412 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Johnson (TLSA) - 4 CAR, 87 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: R. Grant (SOU) - 6 REC, 128 YDS, 1 TD

Tulsa 52, Tulane 24

Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. -- Tulsa rolled up 332 yards rushing, including touchdown dashes of 29 and 40 yards by wide receiver Damaris Johnson, in a 52-24 victory over Tulane on Saturday night.

It was the most rushing yards for Tulsa since amassing 439 in a GMAC Bowl victory over Ball State in 2009, and a surprise to coach Todd Graham and his players, who thought going in they would do more damage through the air.

"We ran the ball very well tonight," said Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne, who threw for 206 yards and touchdown passes of 33 and 25 yards to Charles Clay. "We don't care how we win, whether rushing or throwing. They were covering us very well in the secondary, so that just opened up the run lanes."

Both of Johnson's touchdown runs were on reverses, and Ja'Terian Douglas ran 33 yards for a score on a counter in which he first lined up on the wrong side before being corrected by Kinne.

Alex Singleton had 5- and 1-yard TD runs for the Golden Hurricane (4-3, 2-2 Conference USA). Johnson led a balanced rushing attack with 87 yards on four carries. Tulsa had 10 players gain at least 10 yards rushing.

Kinne completed 15 of 25 passes and ran for 48 yards.

"We were taking what they gave us," Graham said. "We felt like they could really run to the ball well, which was the strength of their defense. We wanted to loosen them up and spread them out with a lot of misdirection."

Tulsa jumped to a 24-7 halftime lead, and Tulane never threatened despite a huge night by quarterback Ryan Griffin, who completed 36 of 51 passes for 412 yards -- all career highs.

Tulane (2-4, 0-2), which lost its 11th consecutive C-USA road game, got within 24-14 after Griffin's 28-yard touchdown pass to Cody Sparks in the third quarter, but Tulsa struck back two plays later on the 40-yard reverse by Johnson.

The Green Wave had a season-high 527 yards of offense. Ryan Grant compiled 128 yards on six receptions, and Casey Robottom had 106 yards on nine catches for Tulane.

"Ryan made some nice throws, but unfortunately he made the one bad throw (a third-quarter interception in the end zone by Tulsa's Brian Moore)," said Tulane coach Bob Toledo. "He was under pressure a little bit and had a few sacks and he's also bothered by a shoulder injury. I thought he performed as well as he could under all the duress.

"It was the most yards we've had this season, and we were able to score 24 points. We're getting a lot of yards, but we have not been able to score a lot of points."

After Tulane tied the score at 7-7, Kinne found Clay open down the right sideline for his 37th career TD pass, moving him into fourth place on Tulsa's all-time list.

"(Kinne) is so mobile that even when you have him pinned, he makes a play with his legs and he threw the ball well," Toledo said. "He is the gasoline which makes that engine run. They have really skilled athletes, and in space, they are really dangerous."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TULN
TLSA
1st Downs2827
Total Yards527538
Passing446206
Rushing81332
Penalties5-306-40
3rd Down Conversions9-177-13
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers20
Possession35:4624:14

Passing Leaders

TulaneC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Griffin36/534127.821
TulsaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kinne15/252068.220

Rushing Leaders

TulaneCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams17472.8120
Jason6294.8012
TulsaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson48721.8240
Douglas56412.8133

Receiving Leaders

TulaneRECYDSAVGTDLG
Grant612821.3143
Robottom910611.8034
TulsaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Clay48621.5233
Johnson25829.0031

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTULNTLSA
TD14:04JaTerian Douglas 33 Yd Run (Kevin Fitzpatrick Kick) 07
TD06:21Ryan Grant 43 Yd Pass From Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERTULNTLSA
TD12:11Charles Clay 33 Yd Pass From G.J. Kinne (Kevin Fitzpatrick Kick) 714
TD05:53Damaris Johnson 29 Yd Run (Kevin Fitzpatrick Kick) 721
FG03:24Kevin Fitzpatrick 37 Yd 724
THIRD QUARTERTULNTLSA
TD10:58Cody Sparks 28 Yd Pass From Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos Kick) 1424
TD10:18Damaris Johnson 40 Yd Run (Kevin Fitzpatrick Kick) 1431
FG05:51Cairo Santos 25 Yd 1731
TD03:43Alex Singleton 5 Yd Run (Kevin Fitzpatrick Kick) 1738
FOURTH QUARTERTULNTLSA
TD14:56Charles Clay 25 Yd Pass From G.J. Kinne (Kevin Fitzpatrick Kick) 1745
TD11:41Albert Williams 1 Yd Run (Cairo Santos Kick) 2445
TD07:55Alex Singleton 1 Yd Run (Kevin Fitzpatrick Kick) 2452